Black Hills Playhouse



Professional Summer Stock Theatre in Custer State Park

One man's dream of a little theater in the woods took flight. 

The BHP began as a dream of Dr. Warren M. (Doc) Lee of the University of South Dakota. His goals were to create high-quality entertainment for people in  the Black Hills while providing training and employment opportunities for students and theatre professionals. The BHP has been a part of the College of Fine Arts at USD since 1946. 

Each year, auditions are held across the country in search of talented actors, directors, designers, technicians, and interns. Artists reside in dorms in Custer State Park, rehearse on site, and performances are held Tuesday - Sunday throughout the summer in a rustic and sweet 345 seat house.

It is the tradition of generations of friends and families to attend shows at the BHP in Custer State Park.  People often bring picnics to Hab Hall, enjoy the offerings of the BHP Snack Bar, and take time to relax before enjoying a show in this glorious location. Interested in seeing past seasons?  Click here.

The Black Hills Playhouse is supported by the Guardians of the BHP, the College of Fine Arts at the University of South Dakota, South Dakota Arts Council through the SD Department of Tourism and the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from Arts Midwest, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Black Hills Area Community Foundation, South Dakota Community Foundation, Sioux Falls Community Foundation, and generous donors, sponsors, and advertisers.

Three flexible tickets to any show for $100.  Call the box office @ 605 255-4141.

Individual ticket sales open May 1.

The Black Hills Playhouse, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to deliver exceptional theatre programs that engage diverse people and strengthen South Dakota communities.


They may be purchased at the BHP, at most entrances of the Park and online HERE.

Box Office Hours:

Tuesday - Saturday

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Theatre Address:

24834 S. Playhouse Road,

Custer, SD 57730



Mailing Address Rapid City:

BHP Business Office

PO Box 2513

Rapid City, SD  57709

Mailing Address Sioux Falls:

BHP Education Office

809 Elmwood

Sioux Falls, SD  57103

Production Photos: Russell Jensen of Sage Studios

BHP Campus Photos: Colleen Marsh Olson

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Ticketing System provided by Arts People


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